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Mobarak to walk gallows

Mobarak to walk gallows

On August 22, 1971, some 130 people were assembled in Tanmandayl village of Brahmanbaria's Akhaura. Little did they know that 33 of them would be picked out to be massacred the next day. Local Razakars gathered them there saying a panchayat would be formed. But once the villagers got together at a house, they...

Govt was aware

Govt was aware

The government knew that Abdul Latif Siddiqui might come back anytime, but it took no steps to dissuade him from doing so, risking another bout of uproar. An intelligence agency in a special report alerted the home ministry that Latif might fly in from Kolkata any day. On receiving the report, the ministry's political wing wrote a letter to the police chief, expressing concerns about the security risk of the controversial former minister. Dated November 5 and signed by Deputy Secretary Habibur Rahman, the letter was received by the police headquarters on November 9. Proving the intelligence report true, Latif showed up at Hazrat Shahjalal Int'l Airport on Monday night. He, however, sneaked...

Checking Campus Violence

PM for prompt, proper action

PM for prompt, proper action

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take prompt and proper action against those unleashing violence at educational institutions irrespective of their political affiliations. “Action must be taken promptly against those who commit this kind of acts,” Hasina told the Sylhet divisional commissioner and police commissioner through a video conference after...

Haji Danesh Univ

BCL activists assault 2 teachers

Two teachers and four employees of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) were injured in an attack allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League men yesterday. The injured teachers are Prof Md Anis Khan, dean of the agriculture faculty, and Assistant Prof of Agronomy Md Mominul Islam. The academic activities at the HSTU have been suspended since the BCL unit of the university went on indefinite strike on November 17, demanding withdrawal of expulsion orders against its two leaders. Around 11:00am yesterday, the...

Saarc Summit

PM leaves for Nepal today

PM leaves for Nepal today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit on November 26-27 where she is expected to meet all top Saarc leaders. Though there is no proposal for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Summit with heads of important member state or government according to the PM's programme schedule book, the foreign ministry officials yesterday said the premier will go to Kathmandu with the intention to hold meaningful dialogues with as many Saarc leaders as possible. So far, the ministry has confirmed bilateral meetings with Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Maldives President Abdulla...

It's time to clear off mutual rows

The Saarc Summit kicks off in Nepal tomorrow amid high hopes of a jumpstart to the moribund pact, set off by regional superpower India's wish to forge stronger and substantive ties with neighbours. Established about 30 years ago with the aim to bring about shared economic prosperity, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation today is the world's least integrated trade and economic bloc. But the steps taken over the past few months by the new Indian government led by business-friendly...

Tk 6,195cr financial anomalies detected

The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has detected financial anomalies involving Tk 6,195 crore at the statutory bodies, ministries and state-run banks. The constitutional body has raised 285 objections to those irregularities in 17 audit reports recently submitted to the president. The anomalies were revealed at the maiden press conference of the CAG office held in the capital yesterday. The CAG office has never before organised a media briefing. "The amount can be realised and adjusted," said CAG Masud...

Some names still not on charge sheet

Some names still not on charge sheet

Asma Kibria yesterday said that the latest charge sheet submitted in connection with her husband SAMS Kibria's murder does not contain the names of some key conspirators. "One of them is former deputy commissioner Md Emdadul Haque of Habiganj," she said in a statement posted on www.mridubhashan.com. Her son Reza Kibria last night confirmed The Daily Star of the statement's authenticity. SAMS Kibria, then an opposition lawmaker, was assassinated in a grenade attack at a rally in Habiganj on January 27, 2005. The blast also killed Kibria's nephew Shah Manzur Huda, local Awami League leader Abdur Rahim and two others. “I had been waiting for a long time to see that the real...

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Zia Orphanage Graft Case

SC clears way for Khaleda's trial

SC clears way for Khaleda's trial

The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for a lower court to continue the trial proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.  Khaleda had filed appeals with the Appellate Division, challenging two High Court decisions -- one to accept charges against the seven accused, including the opposition chief and...

Vigilant civil society can help check graft

Vigilant civil society can help check graft

The civil society movement against corruption must go on until a country is free of the vice, Transparency International founder Prof Dr Peter Eigen said yesterday. “A vigilant civil society with a professional media is crucial to achieve the goal,” he told a crowded press conference at the TI local chapter office in the...

RU Teacher Killing

Police now move to end confusion

Police now move to end confusion

Those who had been arrested separately by police and the Rapid Action Battalion in connection with Prof AKM Shafiul Islam's murder were brought face-to-face for interrogation last night. This was done to identify the "real motive" behind the gruesome killing of the Sociology professor of Rajshahi University, police said. “We need to interrogate them face-to-face to detect a conclusive motive,” said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner M Shamsuddin at a press conference in the city yesterday afternoon. Confusion rose after the two law enforcement agencies yesterday came up with contradictory versions of the motive behind the murder. Rajshahi police, after arresting three people from Bogra, said two of the detainees claimed responsibilities for the...

Find proper formalin detection kit

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to buy proper formalin detection kits within next two months as the Formaldehyde Meter Z-300 has been found faulty. It also asked the government to form an expert committee which will recommend an appropriate device for detecting formalin in foods. The HC bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice M Khasruzzaman passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Fruit Importers' Association. The petition was lodged with the court in early July...

Speaker differs with state minister

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday opposed the view of the state minister for home affairs that her permission was needed to arrest sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique. “There is no need to take my permission for arresting a lawmaker outside the parliament premises,” she said at her office in the Jatiya Sangsad when reporters drew her attention to the statement of State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan.  Asaduzzaman told the media at his office in the Secretariat that law enforcement...

Reporting War Trial

Tribunal asks media to be cautious

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday asked the media to be more cautious and responsible while reporting on trial proceedings. "Events should be reported as it happens," Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the special tribunal, said before pronouncing the verdict of Mobarak Hossain. The judge came up with the warning a day after some private television channels on Sunday aired breaking news about a tribunal order much before the tribunal actually gave it. "When Mobarak's war crimes case was put on yesterday's...

Sonali sues Hall-Mark for forgery in taking loans

State-run Sonali Bank Ltd yesterday filed another case against Hall-Mark Group for taking over Tk 98.84 crore in loans on fake documents. Abdus Salam, executive officer of the bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch, lodged the case with Money Loan Court-1 in Dhaka. Hall-Mark Group Chairperson Jasmine Islam, its Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and Hall-Mark Spinning Mills Ltd, a concern of the group, were made defendants in the case. After hearing, Judge (in charge) Roksana Begum of the court ordered the accused to...

China opens Mega dam on Brahmaputra

China opens Mega dam on Brahmaputra

China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, state-run media reported, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers that has prompted concern in neighbouring India. The first generating unit of the 9.6 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) Zangmu Hydropower Station, which stands more than 3,300 metres above sea level, went into operation...

Taiwan's 24-hour book 'nightclubs'

Taiwan's 24-hour book 'nightclubs'

It's midnight in the capital of Taiwan. While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout -- a bookstore. The Eslite store in central Taipei opens 24 hours and has more night owl...

US troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015

US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", a senior US commander for Europe said on Sunday. "There are going to be US army forces here in Lithuania as well as Estonia and Latvia and Poland for as long as it's required to deter Russian aggression," said Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of US Army Europe. "We have planned rotations out through next year. Units are designated that will continue to do this,"...

Portugal's ex-PM appears before judge in corruption case

Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates appeared in court again yesterday to answer questions in a tax fraud, corruption and money laundering probe that has shocked the country. Socrates, 57, first went before a judge Saturday and has been detained since his arrest Friday at Lisbon airport after arriving on a flight from Paris. His attorney, Joao Araujo, said Socrates would "of course" answer questions from examining magistrate Carlos Alexandre on money transfers and banking operations that have fallen under...

Philippines reviews blacklisting of Hong Kong journalists

The Philippines will review its entry ban on nine Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions at President Benigno Aquino during a summit in Indonesia last year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said yesterday. Journalist groups have expressed concern at the blacklisting, which threatens to sour ties that Hong Kong and the Philippines have been trying to repair since eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in Manila in 2010. "The journalists' issue will be reviewed," del Rosario told AFP, when asked...

Last British troops leave southern Afghanistan

Britain withdrew its last military forces from southern Afghanistan yesterday after 13 years of fighting that has cost hundreds of British lives in some of the most violent regions of the country. A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked the departure of remaining Royal Air Force personnel after the final British base was handed over to Afghan forces in October. Since 2001, Britain has suffered 453 military deaths during operations in Afghanistan. "Britain's armed forces can take great pride in the completion of...

Tanzania president vows never to expel Maasai

Tanzania's president has vowed never to evict the Maasai people from their traditional lands, which activists claimed were threatened by plans for a hunting reserve for the wealthy. "There has never been, nor will there ever be any plan by the government of Tanzania to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land," President Jakaya Kikwete said in a message on Twitter on Sunday. Tanzania last week dismissed as false the claims by global activist group Avaaz it had ambitions to...

Primary Exams

Questions leak alleged

The allegations of question paper leak are back again. Candidates of Primary School Certificate exams took the Bangla exam yesterday amid the allegations in the capital and Bogra. Some guardians in Dhaka alleged that they came to know about the leak of Bangla questions on        a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSC-JSC-SSC-HSC-Exam-Question-Out100-common/637953069576474) on Sunday night. Most of the questions, including letters, essays, seen and unseen passages, and a poem, on the Facebook page matched with those in the original question paper, they added. Around 9:00pm...

Drive against jaywalking begins today

Drive against jaywalking begins today

Dhaka Metropolitan Police begins its week-long drive to check jaywalking on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in the capital this morning. Every day from 8:00am to evening, there will be two mobile courts, led by executive magistrates, on the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla intersection-Farmgate Police Box stretch of the avenue. A jaywalker will be fined Tk 200...

Business

BB sells dollars to five banks as demand picks up

After a gap of two and a half years, Bangladesh Bank yesterday sold greenbacks of $45 million to five banks, as demand for the foreign currency has gone up for a pick-up in imports. BB last sold greenbacks, of around $10 million, to a single bank on June 20, 2012, after which it has been purchasing the currency -- $11 billion so far -- in an effort to keep the exchange rate stable. The economy has started to pick up over...

Tazreen victims to get compensation

Victims and families of the Tazreen Fashions fire will receive a package under the same system developed to compensate Rana Plaza victims, as one retailer has just agreed to pay, a full two years after the incident. "We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that we and IndustriALL have reached an outline agreement with C&A on the principles of a compensation process,” said Ineke Zeldenrust from rights group Clean Clothes Campaign. Dutch retail giant C&A used to source...

Compensate victims immediately: HRW

Human Rights Watch, a New York-based human rights advocacy organisation, yesterday urged global clothing brands tied to Tazreen Fashions including the American giants Wal-Mart, Sears and Disney to extend fair compensation to the victims immediately. “These global brands should no longer dodge their duty to help these people,” Brad Adams, executive director of HRW's Asian division, said. Only two of the 16 firms linked to the ill-fated factory are believed to have paid any meaningful amount of compensation to the victims. Five...

Robi profit drops

Robi profit drops

Mobile operator Robi's net profit fell 9 percent year-on-year to Tk 130 crore in the July-September quarter, its officials said yesterday. The slump was due to amortisation charge arising from large capital investment to support license acquisition and countrywide 3G network rollout. However, net profit in the quarter was 14.6 percent higher than in the previous quarter, due to increased income from data business through 3G. Supun Weerasinghe, managing director and chief executive officer of the third largest operator, said: “We have been seeing good growth in data services since the start of the year as we expand our 3.5G network across the country. We are investing significantly towards expanding our 3.5G...

No immediate plan for sovereign bonds

JP Morgan, the biggest US bank, seeks to be an adviser for Bangladesh on its first sovereign bonds to raise funds from the international market. High officials from JP Morgan met Finance Minister AMA Muhith at his secretariat office yesterday and made the offer. “It is high time that bonds are issued, as money can be raised with an interest rate ranging between 4 and 5 percent,” Muhith told reporters, quoting JP Morgan representatives. But Muhith told the JP Morgan team that...

Dream big and beyond

Dream big and beyond

Fresh out of university, every graduate dreams about landing the perfect position in a good organisation. But how many actually aspire to become the acme in an institution, especially in the case of a multinational? The numbers would be few. Like many others, Shehzad Munim did not dream of reaching the top most position...

Green Delta launches health insurance with Malaysia

Green Delta Insurance Company has launched an insurance scheme, GD Health, to offer medical and health services in Malaysia. The country's non-life insurance company joined hands with Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), an agency of the Malaysian health ministry, to provide services to GD Health policyholders. Policyholders can get healthcare and medical services at affordable costs in Malaysian hospitals that are linked with MHTC, officials said. “We always pioneer in innovative insurance products for the country's people and GD Health is a...

US seeks to revive trade with India after WTO row

The United States is eager to increase trade with India, a US official said Monday, after the two countries settled a bitter row over food subsidies and President Barack Obama announced he would visit in January. US Trade Representative Michael Froman was speaking in New Delhi before the first round of trade talks for four years between the world's largest economy and the emerging giant. "The future of our partnership remains ours to define. We believe in the promise of India,"...

Stock regulator, NBR must work together for better monitoring

The stockmarket regulator should work together with the National Board of Revenue to analyse the financial strength of companies that fabricate higher profits with asset re-evaluation. The NBR can also support the monitoring by providing relevant tax data to Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC). The BSEC can then apprehend such companies that seek listings with false financial data, said AB Mirza Azizul Islam, former finance adviser to caretaker government. He spoke at a roundtable on the prospects of the stockmarket, organised...

German business confidence stabilises in November

Business confidence in Germany appears to be stabilising after long months of decline, with the Ifo business climate index rising in November for the first time in seven months, data showed on Monday. In an encouraging sign for Europe's biggest economy, and therefore the eurozone as a whole, the closely watched barometer beat expectations and rose to 104.7 points in November from 103.2 points in October, the Ifo think-tank said in a statement. "The downturn in the German economy has ground...

Marico chief due in Dhaka today

Marico chief due in Dhaka today

Harsh C Mariwala, chairman of Marico, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today, the company said in a statement yesterday. He will sit for a business meeting with the management of Marico Bangladesh and its board, and is expected to stay in the capital for 24 hours. Marico markets brands like Parachute, Parachute Advansed, Saffola, Setwet, Nihar, Livon and Hair Code. The company does a business of $781 million worldwide with 20 percent in profits over the past five years. Over the last three decades, Mariwala's leadership made Marico into a leading consumer-products company in the beauty and wellness sphere, according to the statement.

Sports

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Test & ODI Series

Series first, then testing

Series first, then testing

The selectors on Sunday night announced a team only for the third ODI against Zimbabwe which will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur tomorrow as they are planning to go for some experimentation in the last two games. And the testing will go on only if the Tigers confirm the...

Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2014-15

Jahurul lifts Legends

Out-of-favour Jahurul Islam missed a century for only five runs but his effort helped Legends of Rupganj to continue their all-win record in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) with a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Victoria at BKSP yesterday. The right-hander struck nine boundaries during his 127-ball 95 as defending champions Legends of Rupganj reached the target of 192 for three wickets in 46.1 overs to secure their fifth win in as many matches. Meanwhile, former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud continued playing...

Anxious time for Clarke

Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said Monday he will miss a vital lead-up game, raising fresh doubts about his chances of playing in next month's first Test against India. Clarke, who was named in a 12-man squad Monday subject to a fitness test on his left hamstring, was selected to play for a Cricket Australia XI against the tourists in Adelaide on Friday. Clarke later confirmed that he will not be playing in that match, placing his position in the Test...

Mathews to lead SL

England will face many familiar opponents at the start of their one-day international series against Sri Lanka, after a 15-man squad was announced on Monday for the first three of seven matches. Angelo Mathews will lead a lineup including the veteran batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, as the pair embark on their final winter of ODI cricket culminating in the World Cup. Sangakkara appears set to keep wicket, after Dinesh Chandimal, who deputised in the final two matches against India,...

King's Cul

Abahani's mountain to climb

A demoralised Abahani will face an uphill task to qualify for the semifinals of the King's Cup when they take on already-qualified Pune FC in their last match of Group B at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thumphu, today. The four-time professional league champions are in third position with four points from three matches, three behind defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal, who handed a 5-1 defeat to Ugyen Academy yesterday, and five points adrift of Pune FC, who have...

Mohammedan appoint Joshi

Former national winger Kazi Jasimuddin Ahmed Joshi has been appointed as the head coach of Mohammedan SC while Abdul Kaiyum Sentu has been made his assistant for the upcoming football season, which is scheduled to get underway with the Federation Cup from December 19. Joshi successfully guided the Mohammedan junior teams (U-16 and U-18) to two consecutive titles in the youth championship in the last two years. The former Mohammedan winger also worked with the senior team in the 2005...

Burglary at BOA

Tk 7.95 lakh and 1100 US dollars have been stolen from the vault of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) during the public holiday last weekend, confirmed BOA treasurer Kazi Rajibuddin Ahmed Chapal yesterday. Chapal informed that employees of the BOA, on Sunday morning, found the vault open, grills of the window broken and valuable documents scattered all over the place. The BOA has filed a burglary case with the Paltan police station without naming anyone and police are investigating the matter,...

BHF decision on banned players, coach today

Suspended forward Rasel Mahmud Jimmy, defender Imran Hasan Pintoo and goalkeeper Zahid Hossain are set to get their suspensions lifted when the executive committee of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) sits for a meeting today. Jimmy, Pintoo and Zahid have already served one year of their two-year domestic and three-year international suspensions handed last year due to disciplinary reasons as well as deliberate under-performance in the Asia Cup in 2013. The BHF working committee has already recommended lifting of the ban...

Senanayake undergoes retesting

Banned off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake underwent an official retest of his action in Chennai on Sunday, with the results expected within the next two weeks, Sri Lanka Cricket has said. The retest is the culmination of months of remedial work, which Senanayake has carried out under the supervision of both human movement specialist Daryl Foster as well as with local coaches. Senanayake had been reported during Sri Lanka's ODI series in England in June, then banned in July, following an official biomechanical...

World CHESS Championship

Carlsen beats Anand again

Carlsen beats Anand again

Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen retained his title as world chess champion on Sunday, defeating rival Viswanathan Anand for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old world number one beat India's Anand, title-holder of the championship from 2007 to 2013 when he was dethroned by Carlsen, in two of 11 games of the competition,...

UEFA Champions League

Do or die for Man City

Do or die for Man City

Manchester City are teetering on the brink of a third Champions League group-phase elimination in four seasons ahead of Bayern Munich's visit to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. City's dismal 2-1 loss at home to CSKA Moscow in their previous outing left them bottom of Group E with only two points and they will...

UEFA Champions League

Messi eyes more history

Fresh from becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga, Lionel Messi will have his sights on more history as he looks to repeat that feat in the Champions League when Barcelona visit APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday. Messi's double in the Catalans' 2-0 win at Ajax three weeks ago took him level with Real Madrid legend Raul's record tally of 71 goals in the competition and ensured Barca's progress to the last 16 for an 11th consecutive season. However, Luis Enrique's...

Lega Calcio

Milan derby ends all square

Milan derby ends all square

Inter midfielder Joel Obi struck a second-half equaliser in a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to AC Milan to save Roberto Mancini's blushes on the Italian's return to Serie A after a six-year absence on Sunday. Mancini, who led the Serie A giants to seven trophies including three consecutive league titles from 2004 to 2008,...

Lega Calcio

Di Natale hits magic mark

Di Natale hits magic mark

Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale expressed his delight after scoring his 200th Serie A goal on what was his 400th league appearance Sunday in a 1-1 draw with Chievo. "I'm delighted with the record. I want to thank my teammates, my family and my parents who are no longer here," Di Natale told Sky...

Mourinho up against Di Matteo

Jose Mourinho comes up against the only coach to have steered Chelsea to the Champions League title when the Blues travel to Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke 04 on Tuesday. Victory will confirm Chelsea's place in the Champions League's knock-out phase, but the focus will be on Mourinho's opposite number on the Schalke bench. Chelsea coach Mourinho, the self-styled 'Special One', won the Champions League title as Inter Milan coach in 2010 and Porto boss in 2004, but the European crown has...

Real to play Down Under

European champions Real Madrid will headline a pre-season international tournament at Australia's 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground next year, organisers said on Monday. The glamorous Spanish outfit, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez among others, will play in the International Champions Cup along with an English Premier League team and Italian Serie A side. Organisers said the other teams, reported to be Manchester City and Inter Milan, would be revealed in the next few weeks. The tournament will take place...

Pressure rises on Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers admits he must restore Liverpool's shattered morale quickly after a dismal 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace raised questions about his job security. Rodgers' team hit a new low in an already troubled campaign at rain-lashed Selhurst Park on Sunday as they crashed to a third successive loss in the Premier League. With Liverpool's season teetering on the brink of a full-blown crisis, Reds manager Rodgers acknowledged he will start to hear more criticism and calls for his sacking unless...

Falcao back in training

Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is back in training after overcoming a niggling calf problem, the 28-year-old confirmed on Twitter on Sunday. Falcao has not featured since a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Oct. 20. On Thursday, manager Louis van Gaal announced Falcao could be out for a further two weeks after suffering a "new injury" but the forward could now feature in next weekend's game against Hull City.

Editorial

Editorial

Tazreen two years on

IT is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012. The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies -- Accord and Alliance -- assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA. But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any...

Editorial

We top mobile users' list in South Asia

ACCORDING to a report by an international mobile research and development body called mobiforge, Bangladesh tops the list of mobile users in South Asia followed by Pakistan and India. This has been unveiled by a report in a prominent Bangla daily. The research report further says that for the first time Bangladesh has been included in the 100 million users' club of fourteen countries. The sheer number of mobile users in Bangladesh, being 75% of its population, reflects a...

Op-ed

Editorial

Tazreen two years on

IT is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012. The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies -- Accord and Alliance -- assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA. But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any...

Editorial

We top mobile users' list in South Asia

ACCORDING to a report by an international mobile research and development body called mobiforge, Bangladesh tops the list of mobile users in South Asia followed by Pakistan and India. This has been unveiled by a report in a prominent Bangla daily. The research report further says that for the first time Bangladesh has been included in the 100 million users' club of fourteen countries. The sheer number of mobile users in Bangladesh, being 75% of its population, reflects a...

Saarc Summit: Hopes and fears

THE upcoming Saarc summit on November 26-27 in Nepal has already caught the spotlight in being one that will lead to “greater regional integration” in terms of connectivity. Although Saarc has been around for some three decades, it has until now failed to live up to expectations in being a driver for delivery on connectivity among its member countries. Perceptions have changed with the possibility of three major deals that may be signed during the summit. These include: (i)...

BANGLADESH Asia's new energy superpower?

IMAGINE you are a major energy magnate, poring over maps to find the world's next natural gas superpower. Where would you invest? Even though Bangladesh just hit an energy mother lode in July -- winning the rights to 20,000 square kilometers of natural gas-rich waters from India in a UN territorial arbitration, chances are you probably wouldn't think of it. To most, the territory still looks like a high-risk investment, given the political tensions, pervasive poverty, and highly subsidised economy ...

First clear the sidewalks

IN the 'Letters to the Editor' section of The Daily Star, one of the writers mentioned that the Chittagong Metropolitan Police has evicted all the makeshift shops from the sidewalks in the Chittagong EPZ area. The eviction has reduced the traffic congestion in the EPZ area because pedestrians are now able to walk safely and comfortably on the sidewalk instead of the road without jeopardising their safety and without disrupting traffic flow. Although about 20% of the people in Dhaka...

'It was essential and necessary to hold the general elections'

'It was essential and necessary to hold the general elections'

Veena Sikri, former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, talked to Rezaul Karim of The Daily Star about the January 5 Parliamentary election in Bangladesh and about issues of bilateral interest. The following are excerpts from the conversation:                                         Former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri said that India's stance during the January 5 elections was not to support the Awami League but to support continuation of constitutional and democratic process in Bangladesh.  “It is clear that if the elections were not held, there would have been a serious constitutional crisis and ...

FINANCIAL INCLUSION OF THE POOREST

Street kids in Bangladesh get bank accounts!

MILLIONS of extremely poor Bangladeshis are living in our golden country seeking opportunities to participate in the economy to survive. They face barriers in attaining an education, job, health services, clean drinking water, or food. In desperation, they pray for a chance to do something, anything that will enable them to get onto the bottom rung of the economic ladder so they can heave themselves out of poverty. Let's give them a chance to achieve prosperity. What will it...

Letter To The Editor

Parochialism splits Bangladeshis in New York

The Bangladeshi community has been rapidly growing in the United States especially in New York, but unfortunately the community does not have any single platform to talk about the issues faced by Bangladeshi immigrants. If the community speaks its problems in one voice, then the mainstream political parties would listen to the issues and they would try to find the solutions. Instead of taking under a single banner, the community has hundreds of small and tiny associations, which are...

Letter To The Editor

The selfish affluent class

A few days back, a male friend of mine was wearing a traditional Moroccan dress. He told me that the dress was presented to him by a friend who owns a holiday home in Morocco and that he often goes there for holidays. That set me thinking. Wealth has become abundant in Bangladesh. Enormous amount of wealth has been amassed mostly by the business people, civil servants, lawyers, doctors, engineers, bankers, smugglers, etc. through dubious means. Many of our RMG...

Comments on news report

“He was no atheist,” published on November 22, 2014 Palm Springs Petanque “Those who killed him were purely an ignorant lot. They call him an atheist solely because they could not grasp the meaning of the path he followed to pray to God.”... “One cannot be called an atheist for choosing a path which does not conform to those followed by a certain group of people.” These statements concern me because they imply that if he was actually an atheist, then...

Entertainment

''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

''The festival sets our actual objective in motion''... Luva Nahid Choudhury

From the organising perspective, if the Bengal Classical Music Festival is a complex, intricate and multi-level system, Luva Nahid Chowdhury is the control room of it. The Director General of Bengal Foundation has been instrumental in making the last two years' events a success, and with the festival returning this year bigger than...

Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

Radio Shadhin rallies to eliminate violence against women

November 25 is observed worldwide every year as the 'International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women'. Radio Shadhin 92.4fm has taken on an innovative programme, encompassing outdoor activations, radio programmes and an online awareness campaign on social media, says a press release. The theme of this campaign is “You Can Mend This Wall,...

Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo: A career on the roll

Arifin Shuvo has made it big on the silver screen with films like “Agnee”, “Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini” and “Tarkata”. And his career is on the roll with the release of the widely appreciated “Kistimat”. The Daily Star recently talked to the celebrated actor about his tryst with celluloid. Excerpts: What has been up with “Kistimat”? Shuvo: I'm very happy with the great feedback the film has received both within and outside the country. “Kistimat” is a major milestone in my career as it has given me further exposure to acting techniques. Besides, I had to overstretch myself physically for the movie. Your film “Agnee” was another blockbuster... Shuvo: I give the entire credit to...

Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha shoots in Nishat garden for ''Fitoor''

Rekha arrived in India's Srinagar on Thursday and was immediately introduced to two AK47-wielding commandos who were to become her constant companion till she left the city two days later. The actress, who plays a character modelled on Charles Dicken's Miss Havisham in 'Fitoor”, the Indianised version of “Great Expectations”, arrived at the city's picturesque Nishat Bagh on Friday morning. Dressed in an ornate red wedding 'joda' with a cream sequinned dupatta covering her burgundy wig, a diamond stud sparkled on her nose and her eyes twinkling from behind designer glasses, the glamorous Rekha garnered plenty of curiosity. Tourists were stopped from entering the garden on the chilly, foggy...

Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain teases possible Marvel role

Jessica Chastain has revealed that a meeting has taken place with Marvel over an undisclosed role, although the star has confirmed it is not Captain Marvel. “We've talked about aligning our forces in the future,” Chastain told MTV of her relationship with the studio. “And here's the thing with me… If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?” She possibly hinted at Maya Hansen -- the “Iron Man 3” character she had been attached to, before eventually dropping out on account of scheduling difficulties.  “I don't want to say too...

NEWS bytes

''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

''Blind Massage'' sweeps Golden Horse

Chinese-French film “Blind Massage” has picked up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards. The film, which features blind amateur actors as massage therapists, won best feature film, best cinematography and best sound effects. Zhang Lei won best new performer, while the film also picked up the honours for best adapted screenplay...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

The swarmandal (also known as Sur-mandal) is an Indian harp/zither that is today most commonly used as an accompanying instrument for vocal Hindustani Classical music. The name combines swara (notes) and mandal (group), representing its ability to produce a large number of notes. Swarmandals measure from twenty-four to thirty inches in length and...

Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

Korean film festival on Nov 28-29

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Dhaka will hold a two-day Korean Film Festival on November 28 and 29 at Bangladesh National Museum. Two movies will be screened at the festival everyday, which is open to all. On Friday, the festival will open with “Officer of the Year” followed by “Always”; and on Saturday, “Mama” and “Secretly Greatly” will be screened. SM Haroon-Or-Rashid, Managing Director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) will attend the festival as chief guest. The Korean Embassy hopes that this film festival will provide a good opportunity for those who are interested in Korean culture and language.

City

Law needed to stop acts of discrimination

Law needed to stop acts of discrimination

The passage of an antidiscrimination act will not fix the discriminatory mindsets of people but it will prevent them from acting on their predispositions, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said yesterday. While the law would be a milestone towards ensuring the rights of Dalits, a discrimination-free society will require broadening...

BCL Clash at Sust

Probe committee yet to investigate

The three-member probe committee formed by Shahjalal University of Science and Technology to investigate the recent clash between two factions of BCL is yet to begin probing the incident even though five days have passed. Prof Mohammad Younus, a member of the committee, yesterday told The Daily Star that the team is yet to probe the incident, but they will hold a meeting in a day or two. The clash on Thursday left one person dead and 20 others injured. Bangladesh Chhatra...

Violence against women on rise

Despite massive campaigns, violence against women has increased over the past few years in the country, with dowry becoming a major contributor, according to two development organisations. Worse still, the form of violence has been more horrifying and brutal than the past, said Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, citing that the number of rapes was 307 in 2008; 393 in 2009; 593 in 2010; 635 in 2011; 508 in 2012; 696 in 2013, and 544 in the last 10 months this year.   "Rape...

Gonojagoron Mancha

Both factions cheer Mobarak verdict

Both factions of Gonojagoron Mancha, an anti-war crimes movement, yesterday celebrated the death sentence passed on war criminal Mobarak Hossain, an Awami League leader. They held separate rallies, chanted slogans, and distributed sweetmeats among themselves, gathering at Shahbagh in the capital since the morning. Imran H Sarker, leader of one faction, said the verdict set a new example in the war crimes trial. “After taking part in war crimes during the Liberation War, Mobarak made a desperate attempt to escape the trial...

Kidney Diseases

Awareness must for curbing alarming increase of cases

Speakers at a seminar stressed the need for taking special programmes to create awareness among people on preventing kidney diseases for the number of new cases was increasing alarmingly. “Awareness is the key to preventing the disease,” former foreign minister Dipu Moni told the seminar in the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy auditorium in Chandpur. Voluntary organisation Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society recently organised the seminar marking the spread of its services throughout the country, says a press release. More than two crore...

Reap digital era's economic benefits

Reap digital era's economic benefits

Terming internet's discovery as the biggest revolution after industrialisation, speakers yesterday stressed the need for Bangladesh to step up and reap the economic benefits of this digital era. Quoting different international magazines and journals, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Polok said with the world's largest young population, Bangladesh has...

Chapainawabganj 'Razakars'

3 charges taken into cognisance

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday took the war crimes charges brought against two alleged Razakars of Chapainawabganj into cognisance. Prosecutors pressed three charges against Mahidur Rahman and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu for their alleged involvement in mass killings, arson, looting, abduction, torture, confinement and murder committed in Chapainawabganj during the 1971 Liberation War. The three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Shahinur Islam also showed them arrested in the war crimes...

2 to die for killing man in N'ganj

A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced two people to death and another person to life term imprisonment for killing a businessman in the district in 2011. Rana and Musleh Uddin were sentenced to death while Amir Hossain was sentenced to life term imprisonment. All three are absconding. The court also fined Rana and Musleh Uddin Tk 2.5 lakh each and Amir Hossain Tk 2 lakh. According to the verdict, one Nazrul Islam began cloth trading in partnership with the trio in Kalagasia area...

'Corrupt' Biman boss enjoying 'impunity' for Hasina

Though the staff repeatedly accused him of committing corruption, Biman Chairman Jamal Uddin was not removed since he is close to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, BNP leader Rizvi Ahmed said yesterday. "Jamal Uddin was one of the key masterminds of the MiG29 scam. To reward this corrupt man, Hasina appointed him Biman's chairman," he told a press conference at party headquarters in the capital. On Wednesday, detectives arrested five persons including three high officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in a major...

5 suspected militants placed on remand

A Chittagong court yesterday placed, on a five-day remand each, five suspected militants, including a Pakistani citizen, who were arrested on Sunday at Lord's Inn Hotel in the city. The court of fifth Metropolitan Magistrate Ahmed Syed granted the remand after the five were produced before it by Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police. The arrestees are Mohammed Alam, 44, Abdul Majid, 30, Md Amin, 53, Salamat Ullah, 45, and Shafiullah, 40. Alam, a citizen of Pakistan, claimed to be the director...

'Forced Internment' in Pabna Mental Hospital

HC demands report

The High Court yesterday ordered the director of Pabna Mental Hospital to submit a report before it about the situation of people who are reportedly being forced to stay at the hospital even after recovery. Responding to a writ position, the HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman asked the director to submit the report on January 6 next year. The bench also asked the director to state in the report the steps taken...

News in Brief

Female student dies 'in elevator shaft fall' in capital Staff Correspondent A female student recently accepted into Dhaka University's marketing department died after allegedly falling down a six-story empty elevator shaft at a friend's residence in the capital's Azimpur near China Building yesterday evening. Nazat Saheda Shakta, 18, is the daughter of Associate Prof Mahjabeen Haque of Dhaka University's education and counselling psychology, residing in Fuller Road. Severely injured, she was taken to Dhaka Medical College where doctors declared her dead. Lalbagh Police Station...

Death anniversary

Death anniversary

Today is the 9th death anniversary of Zia Ansari, former programme executive of Bangladesh Television.

Country

Cold Wind Starts Blowing In Northern Districts

Rush for warm clothes hikes price

Rush for warm clothes hikes price

Sale of warm clothes and blankets has started to increase in Thakurgoan, Panchagarh and Lalmonirhat districts as winter is about to set in.  A good number of buyers, especially belonging to low-income group, were seen at the makeshift shops, the main source of buying warm clothes in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon towns in the last...

Gas cylinder explosion injures 12 in Manikganj

At least 12 people were injured, six of them seriously, in a gas cylinder blast at a fair at Bangla village in Singair upazila of the district yesterday. The seriously injured are Balloon seller Kubbat Sheikh, 24, Rozina Begum, 25, her daughter Jonaki, 7, Bilkis Begum, her son Bijoy, 6 and Arfin, 6. They were admitted to Manikganj Sadar Hospital and Singair Upazila Health Complex while the rest given first aid at the hospital and local clinics. Hospital sources said Kubbat Sheikh...

PSC Exams On Bangla

3 teachers jailed for question leaking

A mobile Court on Sunday night sentenced three teachers to one year imprisonment each for leaking question paper of Bangla to the candidates of Primary School Certificate (PSC) Examinations at their respective coaching centres in the town. The convicts are Mahabubur Rahman, 42, an assistant teacher of Gabtoli Model Government Primary School, Shafiqul Islam, 45, headmaster of Gabtoli Atbaria Government Primary School, and Golam Sarwar, 45, an assistant teacher of Gordaha Government Primary School. The examination on the subject was held...

Gaibandha-saghata Road

Cracks, potholes all the way

Cracks, potholes all the way

Different modes of vehicles are using a 32-kilometre stretch of Gaibandha-Saghata road amid risk of accident anytime as huge cracks, potholes and ditches have developed at many points. The Roads and Highways Department (RHD) took no major steps for the road's renovation since it was constructed in 1992, said sources including locals. The bitumen coated...

Fire at phone office disrupts services

A fire incident at microwave station room of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) office yesterday disrupted telecommunications and internet services in Bhadurghar area of Brahmanbaria town. Being informed by the locals, a fire-fighting unit from Brahmanbaria Fire Service Station rushed to the spot and doused the flames after a hectic effort of an hour, reports UNB. Brahmanbaria Fire Service Station officer Waliullah said the fire might have erupted from an electric short circuit in the microwave station room of BTCL. Waliullah said...

Snippets

Man to die for killing wife Unb, Manikganj A court here yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife in 2007. The convict was identified as Shafiqul Islam, 25, son of Tara Mia of Akashi village in Saturia upazila. The court also fined him TK 20,000. According to the prosecution, Sheuly, 20, wife of Shafiqul and daughter of Ayub Ali of Shyamtoli village in Narsingdi district, was strangulated to death by Shafiqul at Thatanga village in Ghior upazila on...

World

Iran nuke talks end with no deal

Iran nuke talks end with no deal

The deadline for an Iran nuclear deal has been extended to the end of June after talks in Vienna failed to reach a comprehensive agreement, diplomats say. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said good progress had been made, but it was "not possible to get an agreement by the [original] deadline". Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, but wants atomic energy, reports BBC. The six countries - the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany - have been in negotiations with Iran to finalise a preliminary deal reached last year in Geneva. Speaking...

Hillary would be great president: Obama

Hillary would be great president: Obama

Hillary Clinton would be a "great president" if she decided to run for the White House in 2016, President Barack Obama has said. He told ABC News Mrs Clinton was not "going to agree with me on everything", which could be a welcome break for voters after his eight years in office. Hillary, 67, lost...

US police shoot dead boy with fake gun

Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground, officials and reports said Sunday. The shooting in Ohio comes amid high racial tensions in the United States, with a grand jury set to announce whether a white policeman will be indicted for the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson in Missouri. In...

Tunisia set for runoff in landmark polls

The battle for an expected runoff for the Tunisian presidency got under way yesterday before the first round results were even in from the landmark post-Arab Spring election. Veteran anti-Islamist politician Beji Caid Essebsi, whose party placed first in a parliamentary election last month, looked set to fall short of the 50 percent threshold required to win outright, his campaign team conceded. He is poised to face off against incumbent Moncef Marzouki, a secular politician who has made common cause with...

Women not equal to men: Erdogan

Women not equal to men: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday declared that women are not equal to men and launched a bitter attack against feminists in Turkey, claiming they reject the concept of motherhood. Speaking at a summit in Istanbul on justice for women, the devoutly Muslim president said that biological differences between women and men meant they...

Khmer Rouge court adjourns genocide trial

Khmer Rouge court adjourns genocide trial

Cambodia's UN-backed court yesterday adjourned the genocide trial of two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders until January 2015 after lawyers for one of the defendants continued to boycott proceedings. Nuon Chea, 88, known as "Brother Number Two", and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 83, were given life sentences in August for crimes against humanity. The pair...

US Defense Secretary Hagel to step down

US Defense Secretary Hagel to step down

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his position, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN yesterday. The White House announced yesterday that Obama will make a personnel announcement from the White House State Dining Room at 11:10 am. The New York Times reported yesterday that Obama asked Hagel to step down last...

Modi reaches out to the opposition

Modi reaches out to the opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday voiced hope that the opposition will cooperate in Parliament to make it a “fruitful and result-oriented” winter session, despite several parties making it clear they will resist reform measures. “People of the country have given us responsibility to run the government, but they have also given the responsibility to all those sitting in Parliament to run the country,” Modi told reporters outside Parliament House on the first day of the Winter session. Praising the “positive role” played by the opposition in running the budget session, Modi sought the “same” cooperation from the lawmakers. “I have confidence that a lot of good work for the betterment of the...

News in Brief

Kurdish fighters gained ground from jihadists of the Islamic State group in fierce battles in the Syrian town of Kobane overnight, a monitoring group said yesterday. The town on the border with Turkey has become a highly symbolic battleground in the war against ISIS with the US-led coalition launching near daily air strikes in support of its Kurdish defenders.

Lifestyle

FARHANA AKTER

The race to the top

The race to the top

Farhana Akther is a woman who wears many hats. Apart from taking care of her family, she also runs a boutique and a cooking school - life has always been very busy for her. Is that why speed is a strength we see in her? After all, when you can juggle so many...

ARMIN SULTANA INTERVIEW

For the love of culinary art

For the love of culinary art

Armin Sultana Jui, much like any of us, is an office-goer. And like many of us, she too works at the kitchen to bring food to the dining table. But the fervour with which she cooks has made her stand out in to crowd. Armin Sultana, from Khulna, became the first runner up of...

NASRIN HOSSEN

Making it to the top three

Making it to the top three

The rigorous gastronomic battle saw thousands of participants. Filtering the number of contestants to just three was not at all an easy task for the judges. Thus, one can easily understand the pressure the contestants had gone through. Hats off to those who made it to the final three! Nasrin Hossain from Jessore (who...

LS EVENT

ANUP KUMAR

ANUP KUMAR

This week Star Lifestyle has a tasty treat for all its reader. During the last three months, Star Lifestyle, along with title sponsor Rupchanda, held Bangladesh's biggest culinary competition, titled Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014. This competition followed up from last year's Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Amateur Chef, searching for Bangladesh's best chef. After scouring 5 divisions and the capital city, and testing thousands of participants, Bangladesh's first Super Chef was finally found. Farhana Akhter from Rajshahi finally took the crown, along with the Tk. 5 lac prize money. With so much food cooked and so many great chefs discovered, this week Star Lifestyle brings you the recipe from the top 24...

LS EVENT

MARIAM AKTER SHOMA

MARIAM AKTER SHOMA

GRAVY CHICKEN WITH RICE CAKE Ingredients: Rice cake – 1 cup rice flour, ¼ tsp ginger paste ¼ tsp garlic paste, ½ tsp red chilli powder Salt to taste, Oil Chicken gravy - 1 kg chicken, 1½ tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp turmeric powder, Salt to taste ½ grated coconut, ½ tsp coriander seed powder, 1 tsp sliced garlic 1 tsp sliced...

LS EVENT

RAHIMA AHMED

RAHIMA AHMED

GORAM BHATER KHUI ILLISH Ingredients: 4 pcs ilish, 2 pcs khui* 250g boiled rice 1½ tbsp onion paste ½ tsp garlic paste ¼ tsp cumin paste ¼ tsp black pepper ½ tsp red chilli paste, 4/5 green chillies Coriander leaf (chopped) 2 tbsp mustard oil, Salt to taste Sliced lemon and tomatoes for garnish Method: In a bowl mix all ingredients with the fish. Set aside...

LS EVENT

SHARMEEN EUSOF

SHARMEEN EUSOF

STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST WITH MANGO SALSA Ingredients: 4 pieces boneless chicken breast 1 tbsp garlic paste ½ tsp ginger powder 1 tsp onion powder 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tsp Italian mixed herbs 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp pepper 200g minced smoked chicken or beef Salt to taste 2/3 tbsp olive oil 1½ cup chicken broth Method: Cut the chicken breast in the middle and then marinate it...

Dressy Dale's

Tussar Festival

Tussar Festival

Local fashion giant Dressy Dale will commemorate the beginning of winter with a Tussar Festival. Starting on 25 November, the Tussar festival will be observed in all outlets of Dressy Dale. That includes the 3 outlets in Dhaka (Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi) and 1 outlet in Chittagong. Tussar Silk is a relatively heavier blend of silk that, although popular all year round, is quite a hit during the winter months, especially when you want to wear something that's elegant but not flashy. With the weddings and other festivities that take place in winter, and the accompanying bling and embellishments you might have to wear on a nightly basis, a tussar...

Touch of PEACE

Touch of PEACE

In the past, romance was synonymous with over embellishments but today it is defined by a more pared-down sensuality that has little to do with frothy frills and more to do with curvy lines, glamorous touches, and the adventurous combination of the vintage with the modern and the plain with the elaborate You can...

NEWS FLASH

Fair & Lovely Foundation beauty parlour business management workshop

Fair & Lovely Foundation beauty parlour business management workshop

Fair & Lovely Foundation has been working on various projects over the last decade with the aim to bring alive the core brand purpose – to aid women in “Re-scripting their Destiny”. As a part of their objective to catalyse women empowerment, Fair and Lovely Foundation along with its project partner Centre for Entrepreneurship...

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Thaerichen's Tentett – Jazz concert Date: Tuesday, 25 November Time: 7.30pm Venue: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka The 'little' big band from Germany ,Thaerichen's Tentett, is all set to present its audience a colourful mix of jazzy sounds with some other, unpredictable elements. This year, Thaerichen's Tentett is celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with an anniversary tour through India and Bangladesh! The music of Thaerichen's Tentett is a declaration of love to the German language and gleeful caustic treatment of the same. The concert...

POP UP

Stop depending on artificial sweeteners

ARTIFICIAL sweeteners seem to be heaven sent. They provide the sweetness we crave without any of the metabolic chaos that comes with a sugar habit. But while the fake stuff seems better for your calorie intake, you're actually making it harder to avoid real sugar. Artificial sweeteners contain a synthetic chemical called Sucralose, which is 600 times sweeter than natural sugar. Because Sucralose is so much sweeter than natural sugar, it over-stimulates the taste buds, causing people to crave...

CHRONICLES OF SAM Q

The man behind the traffic

Just when I thought, "I have done it! I have nailed it!" I go back again to where it all started. I know, I know, what you all are thinking that I must be talking about some mad-fad diet that I have perfected and I am about to share it with my fellow sufferers. Unfortunately to all the sad dieters out there, for me, THAT ship has sailed. THAT sun has set on some horizon. THAT journey is over. Finite! Endo!...

Musing

Cooking at home

Cooking at home is not always a pleasurable experience. You have to stand in front of a hot stove, do mental calculations before adding oil, salt and spices and in the end, if the taste of the food does not meet your expectations, you feel dejected. But home-cooked meals are and can be so much healthier, if you carefully choose your ingredients and their amounts. I see my friends and family eating out a lot more than they used to...

TIPS

Teeth whitening at home

Basil herb is generally good for your overall health. It is not only used to whiten your teeth, but protects your gums from bleeding. To make basil-mustard oil tooth paste you will need 8-10 basil leaves and half tea spoon of mustard oil. Crush the basil leaves to get its paste mix it well with mustard oil. Use this mix as tooth paste. Baking soda and lemon juice is also another way to brighten your teeth. Mix several tea...

CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Layer'r launched in Bangladesh Pearl International, Bangladesh and Adjavis Venture Ltd., India has come together to launch Layer'r in Bangladesh. The Layer'r range of fragrances includes deodorant sprays and perfumes. Layer'r Shot is a new and unique range of body sprays for men whilst Layer'r Wottagirl is a body splash for women. These products are...

TIPS

Perfect manicure

To get a perfect manicure at home, carefully remove any remaining nail polish. Fill a small tub with warm water and dip your hands in it for some time. Take a small amount of shampoo on a manicure brush and clean your hand.  Wash your hands with clean water and apply scrubbing cream to clean your hands. Trim your nails to get a proper shape. At last apply base coat nail polish; leave it to dry then apply white...

Law and Our Rights

Women Rights

Combating violence against women

Combating violence against women

DESPITE our commitment to equal protection for male and female in our constitution (Article 27, 28) and international human rights treaties like Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CAT), violence against women (VAW) is quite high...

For Your Information

Children are the fundamental building block

Children are the fundamental building block

AS countries around the world celebrate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, the United Nations family hailed the landmark treaty as a powerful human rights tool, while taking stock of the long-standing disparities that must be addressed to propel actions for the well-being of all children into the future. The President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, underscored that the Convention is a collective commitment to ensure that every child worldwide has the right to a fair start in life, calling on Member States to safeguard that such rights are fully reflected in the post-2015 development agenda. “We must...

Law News

South Asians for human rights protection

South Asians for human rights protection

SOUTH Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional human rights organisation, meeting at Kathmandu from 26-27 November 2014, is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, peace, democracy and justice in all countries of this region. We believe that the situation of human rights and the threat to peace, secularism and democracy are...

Rights Watch

Reconciling conflict of rights in defamation law discourse

AT law, the notion of 'Defamation' is defined both as a civil wrong and a criminal offence in the legal regime of various states. A person can either be sued for compensation by the affected person or be criminally prosecuted by the state. Arguably the notion of criminal defamation is viewed as legally unfounded as it stipulates a disproportionate punishment and has a ruthless effect on freedom of expression. Importing the statutory definition of defamation via the body of...

Letters

Letter To The Editor

Parochialism splits Bangladeshis in New York

The Bangladeshi community has been rapidly growing in the United States especially in New York, but unfortunately the community does not have any single platform to talk about the issues faced by Bangladeshi immigrants. If the community speaks its problems in one voice, then the mainstream political parties would listen to the issues and they would try to find the solutions. Instead of taking under a single banner, the community has hundreds of small and tiny associations, which are...

Letter To The Editor

The selfish affluent class

A few days back, a male friend of mine was wearing a traditional Moroccan dress. He told me that the dress was presented to him by a friend who owns a holiday home in Morocco and that he often goes there for holidays. That set me thinking. Wealth has become abundant in Bangladesh. Enormous amount of wealth has been amassed mostly by the business people, civil servants, lawyers, doctors, engineers, bankers, smugglers, etc. through dubious means. Many of our RMG...

Comments on news report

“He was no atheist,” published on November 22, 2014 Palm Springs Petanque “Those who killed him were purely an ignorant lot. They call him an atheist solely because they could not grasp the meaning of the path he followed to pray to God.”... “One cannot be called an atheist for choosing a path which does not conform to those followed by a certain group of people.” These statements concern me because they imply that if he was actually an atheist, then...